The Jaguars have willingly used Chris Prosinski as a third safety in some packages this year. But in need of a second starter with Dwight Lowery due to miss a few weeks with an ankle injury, they signed veteran Chris Harris to give themselves an additional option.
“(Harris) has got a number of starts,” coach Mike Mularkey told Jacksonville media. “He’s a smart player to come right in here and can pick up what we’re trying to get done with our communication. He’s got to be able to make some calls back there to get us in the right places, and I like having that guy that has had to do that in games and has done it a number of times...”
“I’m going to give him a couple of days here and just to get his feet wet here today. We just signed him this morning but he’s got a chance (to start).”
Harris was a sixth round pick of the Bears in 2005 and has also played for Carolina and Detroit. In all, he’s played in 96 games with 88 starts. But he’s not been with a team this season.
Receiver Laurent Robinson did not pass his concussion test this morning and will take it against Wednesday. He’s not been ruled out, but if he doesn’t play Sunday in Oakland, Cecil Shorts will start in his place.
Prosinski has not proved a sure tackler, which is part of the reason the Jaguars looked for help with Lowery’s injury.
“It’s a little bit of everything, angles, technique at times,” Mularkey said of Prosinski’s problems. “Early on, and even in the Minnesota game, he came up and made some big plays in space against some players that are dangerous in space. Kind of like the way he’s been playing, very inconsistent with his tackling. He’s aware of it and we’re working with him on it, but that’s something we’ve got to get better at.”
If Harris can do a better job of being better at it, the Jaguars shouldn’t hesitate to play him.